Happi Tyme Records is happy to announce the release of Library Science's debut album, "High Life Honey". The music is heavily inspired by classic dub, but ultimately reflects the unique spirit and creativity of the members of the band.
Library Science is Mildred Pitt (of The Bran Flakes) and th'g'rd'n'r (of The Melody Unit) Written and recorded in their studio over the entire year of 2003.
It is music that does not fear laughing at itself. Music where effects are played as any other instrument. Music that knows that the space between the notes is just as important as the notes themselves. Music that learns to not fear destroying and taking away as a means of creating something new. Music that asks, "What time is science?".
High Life Honey is rife with bizarre sonic wrinkles. The production is not as slick as Sofa Surfers and there's no hint of hip hop. It sticks closer to the classic dub template, but takes a sometimes humorous lo-fi approach, adding in instruments like harmonica, flanged fuzzy guitar lines and analog synth sounds. Like a different hallucinogen, the listening experience is giddy and eccentric, and the morning after is a woozy one. Who needs drugs when you have Library Science!
- Score Baby!
(the last minute of High Life Honey's "Dummy Pants" resembles a dubbed-out episode of Ren & Stimpy, minus the dialogue, while "High Life Honey" is festooned with up-and-down vroooms that recall traffic noise) Read more.
- Michaelangelo Matos, Seattle Weekly
As for a conclusion concerning Library Science as a band, I have found that this outfit respects its classic dub influences but the traditional notion of making dub music does not consume them. The music found on High Life Honey is part of the genre that Library Science calls "art geek dub," meaning everything is played live but is then processed through a myriad of music geek equipment. This type of gear includes but is not limited to tape echoes, spring reverbs, and analog phasers. In short, you will not find this record sold in the New Age music sections of Whole Foods, Wild Oats or Fresh Fields. The Library Science process is in direct opposition to the orthodox method of simply re-recording a reggae track as an instrumental later to be released as a b-side accompaniment to a standard reggae song with vocals.
- Nessim Halioua, Left Off The Dial
But for all that Library Science loses in echo art they regain in their masterful use of the melodica, the definitive dub instrument. Most of the band's tracks house, for brief or long passages, the phantom breath of the most beautiful instrument in the world
- Charles Mudede, The Stranger